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Script Genres > English Adult > Narration > Podcast

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    66 people have played this

    Audition Recording:

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    I have a new mic, How does it sound? and What do you think about my Genre and my new songs

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    Peer Feedback:

    I can't comment on the genre or the new songs, as I don't speak the language. Your voice gets a bit weak at times (especially on the higher notes) - a good vocal coach can teach you how to "sing from the gut" instead of from the chest. The background noise is so distracting that it's very hard to evaluate anything else; there are numerous articles on how to set up an inexpensive home studio.

    Peer Feedback:

    I think it's fair to say that with the number of spoken word posts we get on this site, we all have a bit more experience at commenting on these than singing. Having said that I can only add that the quality of your recording is not very good. Lots of background noise which made it difficult to identify the language - Indonesian or Japanese. If singing is your interest, I feel that perhaps a singing coach would be your Go To person. Best.

    Peer Feedback:

    You realize that this is for reading and not singing, right? This isn't American Idol. Not a joke? Ha ha?

    Peer Feedback:

    I don't really know what you are getting at with this recording. I'd be curious to hear you do a spoken-word recording as we all do on this site.

    Peer Feedback:

    like helloooo...

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    36 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

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    I am new, and am trying to make a demo, and am trying different things. Just wondering about my voice and production. i have no training....but need some bAD!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Wendie,

    You've got a real long pause between the first 98.1 and FM and again after the secon 98.1 and Cool FM. I like the background music, but it's a little loud and makes it difficult to hear a couple of the words in your reading.

    Peer Feedback:

    I like your voice a lot. But in terms of this being a commercial or a promo, it's way too long. Your pauses stretched this out way past the (probably) intended 30 seconds. Always consider time so you can adjust your pacing accordingly.

    The audio bed is too hot or loud against your vocal. As clearly as you speak, the music drowned you out here and there. And on the recording, your vocals are quite sibilant or overly bright. Are you applying EQ? If so, don't add so much in the upper/treble range. If you're NOT, you might want to consider actually taking some of the upper range down a little. I listened to this through some really good headphones and it was pretty 'zingy' with your 's' sounds.

    I like your music choice, but you might want to re-do this one and see if you can hit 30s without rushing.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Wendiebell,

    I think some slower, softer music for the "Pillow Talk" ID would have really added to that portion of the spot. Other than that I really enjoyed it. Just keep practicing and listening to the other voices. That is just as important as formal training.

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    Miscast Podcast

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    Now, In the search for better living, Weehawken Foundry presents Ingot Insights. Wherever homemaking ideas are floated, Weehawken ingots bring them down to earth. Here’s your host, Mr. Ace Flange.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Shelley Stephen's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Shelly!

    I'm very new to this...the only thing I hear is a slight hollowness in the sound..it also seems as though maybe a silence was inserted between each new sentence, which sounds very different from the sound/tone/background of the spoken sentences. Hope this helps some.

    Peer Feedback:

    Sounds like what Lisa is hearing is the excessive use of a noise gate. The volume drops to 0 between sentences, virtually going from sound to complete silence, which is disturbing to the listener.

    As far as the read goes, it would be instructive to read the "Why Some Voice-Talent Didn't Win" comments from the Script Contest archive. Not sure it will get more succinct than that.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks to both of you. I realized after doing this one that inserting silence wasn't the best way to cover things, so this week's entry doesn't do that.

    James, the problem I have with the 'why people didn't win', which I read several times, is that nothing jumps out at me that applies to my recording. I guess succinct is not what I was hoping for; specific would be more helpful.

    Peer Feedback:

    Having entered that week's contest myself and lost, I don't particularly feel qualified to comment on your read. From the "Why Some Voice-Talent Didn't Win" comment by the judges (which is specific), I can see what was lacking in my entry.

    For yours, it may have been as simple as the audio quality issue in the last bullet point.

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    Practice Recording:

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    Hey everyone it's my first time trying this out. This is also a new type of genre I'm trying out.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Ya bit off a big chunk for yer first submission and first go at a narrative. Kudos for that.

    Something that's missing from the get-go is the attitude and tone of the author. It's a little too "matter-of-fact" for an opinion piece. It needs some of the author's passion for the words and the sentiment he's written about right from the start.

    You kind of hit that tone in the second paragraph when the message became more personal because it was in the first person. That needs to carry through the entire piece, IMHO.

    There was a spike in volume in the third paragraph. Don't know whether it was a pickup in the recording or whether you were commanding the point (my guess is more of the former than the latter). But instead of chastising us, IMHO, it's more of a plea and/or a call to arms (or votes, as the case may be). The message, although initially dark and doubtful, should end up on a higher note of (dare I say it?) hope and change.

    Watch out for changes in pacing. The faster you got, some of the words got a little mangled. Examples:
    - "When it was all said and done" got a little slurred together. Same thing with "but would be..."
    - "200 years old" was almost "two hunerd..."
    - IMHO, the second "like today" is a typo (because there's no comma or period to set it off), but I could be wrong.
    - "...defend this Constitution." sounded like "...defennis Conssitution"
    - "you substituted "prayfully" for "prayerfully"
    - "happening" sounded like "happeneen"

    WE THE PEOPLE is capitalizes (both times) for a reason. Emphasis on every word.

    The button, "And that's my 2 cents." needs a strong ending. It kind of petered out.

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    Practice Recording:

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    Everyone always tells me I have a good voice. I recorded this with my iPhone. I just want to get more jobs doing voice overs.

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    Peer Feedback:

    First off I must start with the fact that I am fairly new to voice overs so my opinion should be taken for what it is worth. Your voice is very pleasant to here and definitely has potential I would how ever work on cadence so that it doesn't sound so much like you are reading and your breaths are very pronounced over all a very good job keep practicing and you will do great

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    Im new to voice over as well but i think your voice is great. The quality of the sound is not good... there are a lot of crackles and pops, from what i can hear

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    Jazz Radio

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    Jazz Radio
    For the smoothest, grooviest jazz, keep your ears tuned in to the West Coast, COOL 98.1 FM. Catch the vibe. Be cool.
In the heart of the night. All night long. Cool Jazz on Gotham's 98.1, Cool FM.
Time for some pillow talk. Let the greats whisper sweet nothings in your ear. Get some shuteye with Jazz 98.1, Cool FM.

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    Missing Higgs

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    Missing Higgs
    A major breakthrough in particle physics came in the 1970s when physicists realized that there are very close ties between two of the four fundamental forces – namely, the weak force and the electromagnetic force. The two forces can be described within the same theory, which forms the basis of the Standard Model. This ‘unification’ implies that electricity, magnetism, light and some types of
    radioactivity are all manifestations of a single underlying force called, unsurprisingly, the "electroweak" force. But in order for this unification to work mathematically, it requires that the force‐carrying particles have no mass. We know from experiments that this is not true, so physicists Peter Higgs, Robert Brout and François Englert came up with a solution to solve this conundrum.

    They suggested that all particles had no mass just after the Big Bang. As the Universe cooled and the temperature fell below a critical value, an invisible force field called the ‘Higgs field’ was formed together with the associated ‘Higgs boson’. The field prevails throughout the cosmos: any particles that interact with it are given a mass via the Higgs boson. The more they interact, the heavier they become,
    whereas particles that never interact are left with no mass at all.

    The idea provided a satisfactory solution and fitted well with established theories and phenomena. The problem is that no one has ever observed the Higgs boson in an experiment to confirm the theory. finding this particle would give an insight into why particles have certain mass, and help to develop subsequent physics

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    My 2 Cents

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    My 2 Cents

    We The People…it’s the first three words of the most important document in American history….but more than that it is the most important document of our present and future. When the founding fathers met in Philadelphia way back in 1787…they fought, they argued, they worked and prayed. When it was all said and done they came up with a magnificent document that would not only be the over-riding law in this country…but would be the blue-print for our future.

    Now some would argue that the document, now over 200 years old is out-of-date…not up with the times…not relevant any more. I would argue that those founding fathers had in some ways the gift of prophecy…that the document they drafted could have been written for a day exactly like today like today. Those words, were meant to protect us from a government that has become too large…has too much power and is seeking to impact our daily lives as citizens.

    Oh we have fallen well away from what those infinitely wise men set out for us all those many years ago. We have allowed men of much lesser wisdom and thought to corrupt the document over the years. They have “interpreted” its contents to fit their own social or political agendas. Presidents, Congressmen, and even Supreme Court Justices, all of whom are sworn to uphold this Constitution, have instead ruled in ways that are completely contrary to its intent and meaning.

    All of this deterioration didn’t happen overnight. In fact it has been happening almost since the day the document was ratified…but in no other time in our history has one government ever taken as many liberties with the text as we see today. As a result, our liberties as citizens of this great country have been stripped away one at a time.

    The time has come to stand up America…we must hold this government to follow the “law of the Land”…to uphold and defend this Constitution and to do it with the spirit and intent of the great men who carefully, thoughtfully and prayerfully penned it. If WE THE PEOPLE allow this continual degradation to continue…if we allow our rights and freedoms to be slowly taken away…if we continue to ignore what’s happening in Washington, in our statehouses and in our own city halls…then WE THE PEOPLE shall pay the price.

    And that’s my 2 cents

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    Outro

    Script:

    Thanks for joining us for this episode of PawnCast247. Be sure to check out PawnCast247.com to learn more and access other episodes of the show to get even more pawn knowledge and experience, straight to your earbuds.

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    42 people have played this

    Paid Job Recording:

    Click to hear Daniel Spiva's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Daniel --
    I get that this is FM radio bumper reel. Pretty cool. I would have liked it better if you edited it down to just the spoken part, or a shorter bumper. 2:19 is pretty long for 6 lines, and is mostly music. I think you need really sharp breaks between reads in the reel.
    Regarding the read, you had a lot of energy and it had that FM broadcast boldness.

    My only observation is that the distortion effects made it hard to understand some of the lines, and especially hard for me to offer suggestions on your voice technique. I think you hit the lines right...and I think you have a crispness in your delivery, but tough to tell.

    Recording quality was good. good music bed, distortion effects take time to edit in and get right.

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    Practice Recording:

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    First ever VO practice. Three takes. Audacity on HP laptop. Cheap "web" mic, no sound dampening, no studio. Looking for comment on voice and performance.

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    Peer Feedback:

    All things considered, Kinsey, great job. Have you done radio work?

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    I agree with Darlene above, for a first time, very well done. so I guess my suggestion now, is to drop the back ground music. Backgrounds can hide a number of things. we cant help, if we cant hear . For instance, there seems to be a bad edit after the word talk.. . it would be blaring if it was just your voice,, but with the background, its almost gone. Also, what are your goals? If you just want to do this style, then its great,, but as you will see on here,, most other types of spots these days don't use the "announcer man" voice. So if you want to do other styles, you might try sounding more "real", and down to earth. Great start. And don't worry my "studio" is my living room :) .. We all work with what we got.

    Peer Feedback:

    knm_voice ... agreed on all points. I was basically having fun remembering my days on radio four decades ago. What you identified as a potentially bad edit after the word "talk" is actually just a too-long pause. As for the background music, you are quite correct about it hiding voice errors; so, I'll be leaving it out in future submissions.

    While I had a good time making this quick recording, my intent is to try all sorts of VO work. That said, you can look for other types of recordings in the future.

    Thanks for the critique and good points.

    Kinsey

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    how can you go wrong with "Take Five"?!
    Nice job for a first time.

    cheers,
    Dave Saunders.

    Peer Feedback:

    Agree with all the comments from above, great job for a first time. Keep on going!

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    I don't do imaging, so take this with a grain of salt, but I think the feel of it was wrong for the copy. They brought up pillow talk and whisper sweet nothings and get some shut eye, so I would have gone smooth, soft and sexy. Just my thoughts.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Randelle S.'s recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    I think you did a good read. My only criticism would be to own the promo more as if you were speaking to a specific individual. You definitely have potential.
    Thanks for sharing

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    Practice Recording:

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    It makes me laugh to listen to this. Probably not the intended reaction. What do you think? Music is "Like a Light" by Snarky Puppy.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Ack! I know just about nothing about radio imaging, to the point where I'm tempted to keep my mouth shut, but I like the understated tone that you used for this. Not too smarmy even though it could go that way, but definitely smooth and interesting. You drop down at the end of most phrases. Not sure if that rhythm is a problem or not. It sounds laid back, and I'm assuming this would be divided into different spots.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks. For the record I know completely nothing about radio imaging. :-)

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi spblat!
    For someone who knows nothing about radio imaging you certainly do an excellent job. Don't tell anyone. Keep that secret!
    BillH

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice smooth read. Very mellow and mainstream.

    One thing that I'd like to point out. These appear (at least in my audition experience anyway) to be 3 separate promo spots. (And, in my experience, the individual spots would be separated by some white space on the page to make that clearer, something that doesn't seem to happen much in the script library.) The way you read them, they all run together. (Maybe it's only because you used the same tune throughout that got me thinking that.) A casting director would more than likely ask you to leave a little separation between them (for the editor) and might even ask for a slightly different attitude or flavor to the read for each one. (They might even ask for a 3-in-a-row for each promo with slight variation.) I would also think that, in post, the music would either be different for each of the three or, if the same tune was used, that the individual promos would begin at or near the logical beginning of a new musical phrase, if not at the beginning of the tune for each.

    Peer Feedback:

    Sir -

    Even in cool jazz (grooviest??..shoot the copywriter), imaging is often a bit faster paced because the station needs to feature paying advertisers, the news and of course cool jazz...

    A quality read and I would bring you in for a read if I were the Station Manager/ Marketing Director...

    Nice radio voice

    Bill

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you so much for the comments. It absolutely failed to dawn on me that these are of course three spots. If I were to do it again I would isolate them from each other.

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    Practice Recording:

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    New to voice over. what do you think? Just a short Voice over. Thanks Stuart.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-106569/script-recording-83876.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Stuart. I get that you're going for the laid back feel, but that feel didn't match the soundtrack. I felt that the sound track was too upbeat and overpowering for the vocal you applied. And given that it would be for a radio station self-promo, I think it should be much shorter.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for your comment, Stuart

    Peer Feedback:

    Stuart!

    Great voice, my man! So, yea, I just listened to your sample a few times over, and I actually think the soundtrack works well with the feel you're going for. However, I do think that your tempo was a little slower, which may be what Brian was also getting at as well. So I would just say try picking it up a little bit to match the beat of the soundtrack and see how that sounds. Also the word "grooviest" gets muffled out by the music - so I would just say it a bit louder so people can hear it. Also, just another nit-pick on words, you have "tuned" written on the script, but you say "tune" instead, which I think makes more sense grammatically anyway than "tuned". So I would just touch that up a little. Other than that I think you got something good brewing there, brother! Keep the faith!

    + Patrick

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you very much. I will work on that Thank you.Stuart

    Peer Feedback:

    The music mix is a little overpowering to the vocal.

    What would give us a better idea of who you are, what you actually sound like, the clarity of your recording environment and how you interpret copy is just submit reads without all of the bells and whistles and music beds for now. All that stuff may be masking other things (good and not so good) that we may be missing to offer you helpful critique.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for that James . I understand Stuart.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks to you all for your comments. I have been in music all my life pro when i was 17. Worked with some of the best . I have been on TV and radio many times . But as a singer not a voice over. My music was country Music. More Comments. Thank you . I will do it, Stuart

    Peer Feedback:

    There are a lot of people who come to VO from a radio and music background. One thing to understand is that mixing/production/recording for music production and VO are fairly different animals. Whereas one may do anything and everything to enhance the sound (fatten, sharpen, crunch, distort, etc.) for music production, VO is a "less is more" kind of thing. You want to sound like you and not some idea or ideal of what you think a voiceover person should sound like. Sometimes that means leaving the "warts" in the mix - the gravel, breaths, sighs, breaks in the voice, and your character and personality. That's not to say that you don't want to have as "clean" a sound as you can produce, but you want it to be representative of what you naturally sound like to other people.

    Peer Feedback:

    James you no your Voice over and yes i understand . I will keep going ,This is so different from just singing .Its not easy but i love it just go in my studio and i am in a different world .Any more advice will be good ?

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    Wild West Germany

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    The northern German town of Bad Segeberg is renowned for two things: a vast cave visited each winter by twenty-two thousand bats, and an annual Karl May Festival visited each summer by three hundred thousand people. Karl May (pronounced "my") is an adventure writer from the late nineteenth century whom most Americans have never heard of but whose stories of the American West are to this day better known to Germans than the works of Thomas Mann. His books have sold more than a hundred million copies. Though May never visited the American West, he told everyone that he had, and he wore a necklace of bear teeth, as if in proof. All his life, he was a confabulator, even when it was of no benefit to him.

    May's most beloved characters are a noble Apache leader named Winnetou and his blood brother, Old Shatterhand, a German immigrant to the United States. The good friends feature in fifteen of May's eighty-odd works and are central in a series of films from the nineteen-sixties which were so successful that they are said, with only some exaggeration, to have saved the West German film industry. Most Germans can hum the theme music. In 2002, in a copyright case before the German Federal High Court, it was held that Winnetou was no longer a mere character in a novel; he had become "the name for a certain human type, that of the noble Indian chief."

    In the summer, you can ride a diesel "steam" train from Bad Segeberg's central square to the Karl May Festspiele grounds, which are up near the Kalkberg, the steep hill that was once home to the town's castle. There are faux log cabins labelled Pony Express, Sheriff's Office, Barber Shop, Saloon. One sign reads, in English, "Cold Drinks, Hot Food, and Pretty Girls." You can buy a buffalo burger,
    hang out in a tepee, and watch children play at panning for gold. Antique handcuffs and at least five kinds of toy gun are for sale, as are tomahawks, feathered headdresses, and all of Karl May's novels and stories, most of which are available in at least seven editions, including green-covered volumes from the century-old Karl May Verlag-a press that prints only books by and about Karl May.

    In a vast outdoor amphitheatre atop the bat cave, seven times a week, one finds the festival's central attraction: the staging of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand stories. In addition to handsome and often bare-chested actors, the spectaculars feature live horses, live chickens, gunfights, flaming-spear fights, and tumbling from roofs. There are thousands of children in the audience, many in face paint and feathers-- most come as Indians, though a small number dress up as cowboys-- and many with parents and grandparents who attended as children. Not to have fun at the festival-a Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk of sorts, with all five senses attended to-would require a real dedication to joylessness.

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    You are Awesome

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    You Are Awesome
    "Are you awesome? If yes, are you currently living up to your full 'awesomeness'? Keep listening to truly find out. You won't regret it."

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